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Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Patients Experience Improved Outcomes When Treated First by a Gynecologic Oncologist
Date:9/24/2008

e better outcomes when their initial surgery is performed by a gynecologic oncologist. This is true for two primary reasons: First, gynecologic oncologists are more likely to perform complete surgical staging that includes removal of lymph nodes from the pelvis and aortic regions. Second, when treating women with Stage I endometrial cancer, gynecologic oncologists are less likely to recommend follow-up radiation therapy. This reduces the cost of care by 31 percent, prevents complications from over-treatment and offers patients a better quality of life.

Similar benefits are experienced by patients diagnosed with other gynecologic cancers, primarily due to the extensive surgical skills of gynecologic oncologists.

The membership of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologist (SGO) is comprised primarily of gynecologic oncologists. "Our purpose as a profession is to help women achieve the best possible outcome from their gynecologic cancer diagnosis," stated Dr. Thomas Burke, SGO president. "It is our hope that the data in this report will help women and their healthcare providers make the appropriate decision regarding their care," he added.

"The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) recognizes that generalist obstetrician-gynecologists provide the majority of cancer screening and long-term follow up care for their patients," said Dr. Douglas Kirkpatrick, ACOG President. "This GCF/SGO report points out how collaboration with a gynecologic oncologist, where available, for cancer treatment and continuing care may provide additional benefit," Dr. Kirkpatrick stated.

To obtain a copy of the report or to learn more about gynecologic cancers, visit GCF's Women's Cancer Network(TM) at http://www.wcn.org.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF), founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 1991, is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure public awar
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